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Roger Federer v Diego Schwartzman ATP Shanghai predictions, betting tips & live stream: Schwartzman to test rusty Federer

Bettingpro Staff 11 Oct 2017
  • Roger Federer vs Diego Schwartzman is live from Shanghai around 8.00pm local time on Wednesday (1.00pm BST)
  • Federer has won all three of their previous clashes
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Shanghai at bet365 > sports > live streaming tennis
Roger Federer (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

Roger Federer launches his Shanghai Rolex Masters title quest on Wednesday night against in-form Argentine Diego Schwartzman.

Watch and bet on Federer vs Schwartzman live at bet365 > sports > live streaming tennis. Their second round clash begins around 8.00pm local time on Wednesday (1.00pm BST).

Second seed Roger Federer plays his first competitive match since the U.S. Open on Wednesday night when he opens his Shanghai Rolex Masters campaign in the second round against World No. 26 Diego Schwartzman. It’s been a magical resurgence for Federer in 2017 after he missed the last six months of 2016 with a knee injury - can the Swiss Maestro end the year strongly and perhaps challenge Rafael Nadal for the year-end No. 1 ranking? It all starts in Shanghai with a tough opening test against Schwartzman, who’s in fine form having coming off a maiden Grand Slam quarter-final run at the U.S. Open and a semi-final finish in Tokyo last week. Federer and Schwartzman take to court around 8.00pm local time on Wednesday (1.00pm BST).

Perhaps surprisingly, given that Shanghai has by far the quickest courts of any of the ATP Masters 1000 events, Federer hasn’t had much recent success in the Chinese city. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have enjoyed a stranglehold on the tournament, with the pair combining to win six of the last seven editions as Federer managed to capture his lone title in 2014 with a victory over Gilles Simon in the final. Federer’s only other appearance in the title match at the Shanghai Rolex Masters came back in 2010 when he went down to Murray - although he did prevail twice in 2006 and 2007 when the Tennis Masters Cup (now named the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals) was played there, defeating James Blake and David Ferrer respectively in those finals.

Federer will certainly be determined to improve on his last performance in Shanghai, which resulted in a loss to then World No. 70 Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round, while he also suffered another early loss in 2013 when he went down to then World No. 42 Gael Monfils in the Round of 16. Federer has however been in a very relaxed mindset in the lead-up to this tournament, dancing with Mickey Mouse, meeting NBA champions the Golden State Warriors and even enjoying a ride on the metro train as the Swiss champion targets more success in what has already been a stellar 2017 season.

Of course it all started with a bang down under as Federer sensationally captured his 18th Grand Slam title in his first competitive tournament since Wimbledon the previous year, winning back-to-back five-setters against Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal to collect another Australian Open crown, while he continued his outstanding form into North America (a bizarre loss to Evgeny Donskoy in Dubai notwithstanding), picking up consecutive Masters 1000 titles in Indian Wells and Miami, beating Nadal again in both tournaments.

The 36-year-old would opt to skip the entire European clay court season as great rival Nadal swept aside his rivals to lay the groundwork with valuable points that would heavily contribute to him claiming the No. 1 ranking in Cincinnati, and it was looking like a questionable decision as Federer returned to action on the grass of Stuttgart, only to lose against fellow veteran Tommy Haas. However the move ultimately paid dividends, with Federer conquering Alexander Zverev to secure a record ninth Halle crown, while he won an eighth Wimbledon title and 19th Grand Slam without dropping a set at the All England Club.

However a busy season may have caught up with Federer during the U.S. Open Series as he struggled with a persistent back issue throughout, losing in the Montreal Masters final in straight sets to Alexander Zverev, pulling out of Cincinnati with the same problem and then losing in the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open to Juan Martin del Potro - after initially battling past Frances Tiafoe and Mikhail Youzhny in consecutive five-setters. Now, after helping Team Europe to victory in the inaugural Laver Cup, Federer plays another man who made the last eight in New York in his first competitive match since the final major of the year.

Diego Schwartzman (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
Diego Schwartzman has compiled a very solid 32-24 win-loss record during what has been a superb career-best season, highlighted by his run to the U.S. Open quarter-finals - the first time he’s advanced to that stage of a Grand Slam. Schwartzman, who’s added a layer of aggression to his all-round consistent game in 2017, defeated former champion Marin Cilic and Lucas Pouille en route to the last eight, but he couldn’t get over the line against Pablo Carreno Busta, with a niggling leg injury hindering him throughout the contest.

The aforementioned run didn’t come as a complete surprise however - Schwartzman had made the quarter-finals of Bastad and Hamburg on clay just after Wimbledon, while he also beat Dominic Thiem on his way to the Montreal Masters quarter-finals to kick off his U.S. Open Series. The diminutive Argentine has also backed up his exploits in New York, advancing to the semi-finals of the ATP 500 event in Tokyo last week without dropping a set before losing in two tiebreaks to eventual champion David Goffin.

Schwartzman also made the semi-finals of Istanbul and more quarter-finals in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo and the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters earlier in the season, while he also led Novak Djokovic by two-sets-to-one before going down in five in the third round of the French Open. The 25-year-old, who’s one of the best returners in the game, has improved his ranking from outside the top 50 at the start of 2017 to a current career-high mark of No. 26, and he’s continued his great form in Shanghai, securing his spot in the second round with a 6-4 7-6(4) win over Jordan Thompson.

Federer has won all three of their previous meetings, but don’t rule out Schwartzman from really pushing the Swiss star on Wednesday night. Federer might be a little rusty in his first competitive outing since New York, while Schwartzman has been operating at the peak of his powers for the last couple of months now - and as mentioned, he’s got one of the best returns of serve out there, which should see him get a look at some break chances throughout the clash. I can’t tip against Federer, but Schwartzman is playing well enough to put himself in a position for the upset.

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